Historians Differ on Impact of Distance Education in Their Discipline

Is distance education the key to better teaching? Or is it a threat to faculty control of the curriculum? Speakers on a panel at the American Historical Association's annual meeting this month offered sharply different views on how new technology is changing the teaching process.

E.L. Knox, who teaches history and works as a Webmaster at Boise State University, urged his colleagues to embrace distance education, telling them that he has abandoned classroom teaching because he is